How to Write a Geologist CV

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How to Write a Geologist CV
A geologist studies rocks and their evolution. (geologist image by Stanisa Martinovic from

A geologist studies the earth's crust, its constitution and history through research and analysis of rock layers in the crust. Geologists specialise in different fields. Petroleum geologists, for example, look for possible petroleum traps and recommend locations for drilling. If you are looking for work as a geologist, you'll need a professional resume to make an impression. Write a well-constructed resume that highlights your experience and skills as a geologist.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Type your contact address in the top centre of the page. Write your name in the first line, followed by street address, city name and zip code, telephone number and e-mail address.

  2. 2

    Write "Objective" in bold on the left hand side of the page. Explain what you are expecting from your job. For example, you could say "Seeking a challenging position with an oil and gas company that best utilises my research and analysis capabilities in petroleum trap tracing." If you are applying for a specific academic position, you could say "Seeking an educator's position in petroleum geology to add to my 10 years of teaching and research experience."

  3. 3

    Add a "Skills" section. Provide your area of specialisation -- for example, expertise in oil and gas exploration. Mention geological software applications that you may have used, such as Landmark.

  4. 4

    Type "Work Experience" in bold. Start with your latest job. Go to the next line and write your designation followed by organisation name and address in the next. In the next line, give the duration of employment. Type "Responsibilities" in bold in the next line and list the scope of job responsibilities. Specify responsibilities such as geological data collection using different testing methods and creating geological maps and sketches. Specify any computer-based study on composition of rocks. Be as informative as possible. List all the jobs you have held.

  5. 5

    Write "Education" in bold. Start with your most recent educational qualification. Write the degree name followed by the name and address of the educational institution in the next line. List merit awards and scholarships.

  6. 6

    Include an "Activities" section. Talk about your involvement with geology clubs or associations. Mention volunteer work with community organisations.

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